Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Bigfoot festival is happening on September 30 in Honobia, Oklahoma.

Bigfoot fans from storytellers to scholars will gather September 30 and October 1 in the deep woods near Honobia, Oklahoma, a tiny town that is an internationally-known hotbed of Bigfoot sightings featured in television shows and documentaries.

From McAlester News:

The Honobia Bigfoot Festival & Conference ranges from free fun to a ticketed conference with writers and researchers who will tell of their own and others’ Bigfoot encounters, including Kiamichi Mountains sightings. It is held at “Christ’s 40 Acres,” the Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds, State Highway 144 and the Indian Trail Highway.

A Bigfoot look-alike often appears to pose for photos with visitors to the festival.

RV parking and primitive tenting is available, with additional nights possible for those brave enough to stay.

Each year, visitors camping near Honobia listen for heavy footfalls in the woods, “tree knocks” and vocals from a whisper to a roar which may mean Bigfoot is close. Strange cries float through the woods after dark, which may be Bigfoot, or Bigfoot hunters trying to lure him out.

Oklahoma has many Bigfoot sightings reported, with LeFlore County a leading hotspot, according to the Honobia Bigfoot Organization’s website.

A 5K and a 1 mile run or walk will be sponsored by the Choctaw Nation on Oct. 1. The festival features a children’s area, live music, handcrafted arts and crafts, delicious food, family friendly entertainment and an art show of local artisans.

First-hand tales of Bigfoot will be told around the campfires Friday and Saturday nights. Guests are free to share all stories without ridicule.

Bigfoot will be raising funds for scholarships for graduates of several high schools. In May, over $9,000 in Bigfoot scholarships were given to Clayton, Talihina and Smithville college-bound seniors.

Details on the festival, applications for tent or RV camping and vendors’ applications are online at www.honobiabigfoot.com. Vendors may contact Jolly Winsor at (918) 755-4549, or Jollysafety@gmail.com.

Winsor, president of the Honobia Bigfoot Club, said they will have t-shirts with a new design showing a walking Bigfoot and, “Have You Seen ‘Em?”

Troy Hudson and Farlan Huff again will host the conference and tell of their own explorations for Bigfoot in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

The Battiest Archery Club will have a booth where visitors can try their hand with a bow and arrow. The Children’s Zone ($5 admission) will a have a bouncy house, pony rides, a bean bag toss and other fun.

Speakers will include world-class Bigfoot researchers Dr. Samuel Webb Sentell, Louisiana neuropsychologist and ethologist, and Kewaunee Lapseritis of Chewelah, Washington. Dr. Sentell hunted large humanoids in “the Big Piney,” in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas. Lapseritis has been on numerous radio and television shows, in books and publications and has been on the Discovery Channel.

An Oklahoman who will tell of Bigfoot is Tim Harjo who first encountered a “Tall Man” or Bigfoot during his childhood. Harjo is in the Travel Channel documentary, “Bigfootville.” He led a Travel Channel crew for two days into the Kiamichi Mountains where he reporting seeing Bigfoot. Harjo spotted a moving creature which they photographed, but at too great a distance to identify.

Lyle Blackburn’s investigative cryptozoology books, “The Beast of Boggy Creek” and “Lizard Man,” reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life ‘monsters.’ A Texan, he has been heard on numerous radio programs, including Coast To Coast AM, and appeared on television shows such as “Monsters and Mysteries in America,” “Finding Bigfoot,” and the “CBS Sunday Morning Show.”

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